Monroe County, IL
 
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There is hereby established by the County Board, a Community Mental Health Funding Board in accordance with Chapter 405, Section 20/3e of the Illinois Compiled Statutes and shall be hereinafter referred to as the "708 Board."
The membership of this Board shall consist of seven members appointed by the County Board. Ordinarily there shall be one Board member from each of the following groups: County Board of Commissioners, Monroe Council for the Handicapped, Medical Society, and the Public Health Department. When appointments to the Board are made, every effort should be made to make the Board representative of the County looking to all criteria such as geography and occupation. (See 405 ILCS 20/3a)
The members shall serve for a period of four years. A Board member will be eligible for no more than two full consecutive terms. A Board member who has served two full consecutive terms must resign from the Board for at least one year before he/she would be eligible to be reappointed to the Board. Board members appointed to fill an unexpired term are not to be considered serving a full term. Appointments will be made to become effective August 1 of each year. (See 405 ILCS 20/3b)
Any member of the 708 Board deemed guilty of absenteeism, neglect of duty, misconduct or malfeasance in office, by a vote of the majority of the 708 Board and after being given a written statement of charges and an opportunity to be heard thereon within 30 days of notification, may be removed by the appointing officer. The Chairman of the 708 Board, upon the recommendation of the Board, may then recommend that the County Board appoint a new member to serve the unexpired term of the recalled member. Absenteeism in this instance shall consist of nonattendance at three consecutive Board meetings without legitimate excuse (illness, vacation, out of community). (See 405 ILCS 20/3c)
The expenses incurred by the 708 Board in the performance of duties imposed upon it or its members may be a charge on the governmental unit and shall be paid out of the 708 Community Mental Health Fund. No member shall receive payment, except expenses for service on the Board. (See 405 ILCS 20/3d)
The officers of the 708 Board shall be a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer elected by the membership of the Board.
Officers shall be elected for a full term of one year. An officer who has served four full consecutive terms must resign from that office for at least one year before he/she would be eligible for that office again. Officers elected to fill an unexpired term are not to be considered serving a full term. Officers will be elected at the April meeting. (See 405 ILCS 20/3e)
(A) 
Chairman. The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board. The Chairman shall be an ex officio member of all committees and cosigns checks with Treasurer.
(B) 
Vice Chairman. The Vice Chairman shall in the absence or incapacity of the Chairman exercise the powers and perform the duties of the Chairman.
(C) 
Secretary. The Secretary or a designated representative shall record the Minutes of all meetings of the 708 Board and shall forward to each member of the Board a copy of the minutes of the meeting, together with a notification of the next meeting. The Secretary shall put a notice on the bulletin board in the courthouse to notify the public of Board meetings. No release shall be given in the name of the Board to news media without prior approval of the Chairman. The Secretary will keep a compilation of all official minutes of the Board and Board committees which will be considered a public record.
(D) 
Treasurer. The Treasurer shall oversee the finances of the 708 Board. The Treasurer will be an ex officio member of all financial committees. The Treasurer will keep books, make financial reports at Board meetings, draw up the Board proposed Statement of Community Mental Health Fund Tax Levy and Appropriation Resolution, and cosign checks with the Chairman. The Treasurer will see to it that there is an annual budget submitted at least 30 days prior to the start of the fiscal year and see to it that the annual budget is published in the County by newspaper prior to the annual meeting. The Treasurer will make available within 60 days after the end of the fiscal year for free distribution an annual report showing the condition of the trust, such as income and expense reports. The Treasurer will develop a plan of investment of unexpended funds so that there will be maximum accrual of interest and so that all banks and financial institutions in the County will have equal access to having these funds invested in their institution. The Treasurer will see to it that the Monroe County Treasurer makes available to the 708 Board any and all funds assessed by the Assessor and collected by the Monroe County Treasurer as soon as they are collected. (See 405 ILCS 20/3e)
(A) 
Regular meetings. The 708 Board shall hold regular meetings at a time and place to be determined by the Chairman of the Board. Meetings must be held at least quarterly. The annual meeting of the Board shall be held in July of each year. All official meetings of the Board shall be open to the public. Members shall not act in the name of the Board without the approval of the Board through the Chairman.
(B) 
Special meetings. Special meetings may be called upon written request signed by two members and filed with the Secretary.
(C) 
Quorum. A quorum shall consist of four voting members. The Chairman shall be a voting member.
(D) 
Passage or approval. Any proposition, in order to be approved, must receive a majority vote of those present.
(E) 
Robert's rules of order. The meetings of the Board shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order. (See 405 ILCS 20/3e)
The fiscal year shall be considered to be from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.
The Board in consultation with and being advised by the Department of Mental Health, shall have the power to construct, repair, operate, maintain, and regulate community mental health facilities to provide mental health services, including services for the mentally retarded, for residents of Monroe County and/or to contract therefor with any private or public entity which provided such facilities and services.
The Board shall have the power:
(A) 
To review and evaluate community mental health services and facilities.
(B) 
To provide Comprehensive Mental Health planning which would ordinarily develop twelve-month or five-year plans.
(C) 
To review and make recommendations on all grant applications to State Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
(D) 
To enter into contracts for rendition or operation of services and facilities.
(E) 
To make rules and regulations concerning the rendition and/or operations of services and facilities funded by the 708 Board.
(F) 
To employ such personnel as may be necessary to carry out the purposes and to prescribe the duties of such personnel.
(G) 
To educate the public on mental health.
(H) 
To perform such other acts as may be necessary or proper to carry out the purposes of the Board consistent with the regulations of the Community Mental Health Act.
(I) 
To own, sell, rent, lease or purchase real property for purposes consistent with this Act. (See 405 ILCS 20/3e)
The Chairman of the 708 Board may create and dissolve committees as required and prescribe their powers and responsibilities. The Chairman shall appoint committee members provided, however, that no appointment goes into effect if the 708 Board by majority vote opposes the appointment. Non-Board members may serve on any and all board committees. Ordinarily Board committees will be appointed to time-limited tasks and will disband when the task is complete.
These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote, provided at least four members of the Board approve the recommended changes. Proposed changes shall have been read at least at one prior meeting.
The Board shall annually prepare and submit to the appointing officer and governing board:
(A) 
An annual budget showing the estimated receipts and intended disbursements pursuant to this article, for the fiscal year immediately following the date the budget is submitted, which date must be at least 30 days prior to the fiscal year.
(B) 
An annual report detailing the income received and disbursements made pursuant to this article during the fiscal year, just preceding the date the annual report is submitted, which date must be within 60 days of the close of the fiscal year. (See 405 ILCS 20/3f)
In order to supply the necessary funds or to supplement existing funds for such community mental health facilities and services, including facilities and services for the mentally retarded, the County Board may levy an annual tax of not to exceed 0.15% upon all taxable property in Monroe County. Such tax, when collected, shall be paid into a special fund to be designated as the "Community Mental Health Fund." The funds shall be used only for purposes specified in this article and pursuant to the provisions of the Community Mental Health Act. (See 405 ILCS 5/3-300)